Steve has been a serial entrepreneur and executive for over twelve years and has founded an impressive portfolio of restaurant, retail, hospitality and real estate brands in and around Metropolitan Washington, DC. Mr. Salis is the founder and President of Salis Holdings, a holding company of ideated and acquired lifestyle businesses that includes the co-founding of &pizza, one of the nation’s brightest and fastest growing restaurant brands; Kramerbooks, a District institution for the last 40 years, and numerous other businesses that drive value opulence to the masses. Mr. Salis has been recognized as one of the area’s top young visionary leaders by Washington Life Magazine and Washington Business Journal.
john w. thompson
John has over fourteen years of experience in real estate development, property design and construction. He is the founder and owner of EHD Design Build Group, LLC, an award winning residential and commercial construction firm. In 2008 he was named “Regional Contractor of the Year” by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Mr. Thompson has delivered some of the region’s most acclaimed properties, such as the Prime Minister of Kurdistan’s 8000 square foot consulate office on 16th Street NW, high end custom condominium conversions throughout the district and posh single family residences for some the areas most successful business leaders.